Europe – Part 10

Most Impactful: Island of Patmos

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Entrance to The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian

“I, John…was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God.”
– Revelations 1:9, ESV

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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, at the top of Patmos

 

Having been part of the ‘party-culture’ tour that I was on, I was in desperate need of spiritual nourishment. I was able to find this, in part, on the Island of Patmos.

There was some confusion and miscommunication for this excursion I was signed up for, and I almost missed being able to go. After some determination, I was able to see and experience the place where the Apostle John spent the remaining days of his life and the great work that God did through him, whereby writing the last book of the Bible, Revelations.

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Looking towards the Aegean Sea, while standing on the Island of Patmos

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Windmills on Patmos

 

The Island of Patmos, offers 2 historic and Biblically-rich places: The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian & The Cave of the Apocalypse. I was able to see both.

  • The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
    – A monastery dedicated to John the Apostle
    – Is quite large in size, with 2 levels
    – Sits at the apex of the island and looks like a medieval castle
    – It feels like you’re going on a pilgrimage as you walk up higher and higher to reach the entranceIMG_3563IMG_3560IMG_3559IMG_3540IMG_3527IMG_3539IMG_3524
  • The Cave of the Apocalypse
    – It is located half-way up the mountain of Patmos
    – Is the place where John the Apostle received his visions from the Lord, as recorded in the book of Revelations
    – Is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian
    – Once there, you take a steep set of stairs down to the caveIMG_3572IMG_3565IMG_3569IMG_3568

Also cool, the opening and closing scene of the movie, Son of God, are filmed on the Island of Patmos. Released by 2oth Century Fox, the movie is a major motion picture to be shown on the big screen. From the producers of The Bible miniseries, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, the movie is scheduled to be released on February 28, 2014.

Here is the link for the official trailer, with the poster below: Son of God

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